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Colorado wildfire expected to reach homes after evacuations

Colorado wildfire expected to reach homes after evacuations

The Durango Herald reported more than 1,600 other homes have already been evacuated.

Almost 700 more homes were evacuated Sunday morning as the 416 Fire burning north of Durango almost doubled in size overnight, La Plata County officials said in their latest update as firefighters continue to attack the blaze in southwest Colorado. So far firefighters have been able to keep it west of Highway 550, and until Friday it was east of Hermosa Creek.

How many people have been evacuated?

"It's still a fan on the fire", Oravec said. An order was issued to 675 residences at 9:45 a.m., including Purgatory/Durango Mountain Resort, Lake Purgatory, Silver Pick Lodge, Cascade Village, Mill Creek and all residences on both sides of U.S. Highway 550 between mile markers 46.5 to 53.1.

"Southwest to west winds will be strengthening across south west Colorado this weekend ahead of a Pacific storm that will be tracking across the Northwest Rockies", officials said in a release.

Aerial operations are creating a larger burnout area on the north side of the fire to serve as a barrier should the fire spread that direction from the southwest.

Along with the fixed wing aircraft, four Type I helicopters, two Type II helicopters and two Type III helicopters will fight the fire from the air. No structures had been lost as of Friday morning.

Low humidity and high winds have left firefighters bracing for the fire to spread and the weather was expected to be dry and windy on Sunday. Crews will continue to monitor and battle the blaze near County Road 201 to make sure the fire doesn't get out of hand in the area.




Kelsey Griffee, public information officer for the 416 Fire, said fire officials on Sunday evening do not think it is likely that the 416 Fire will merge with the Burro Fire, which is burning 10 miles to the west near Dolores.

The Disaster Assistance Center at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for most of Colorado on Saturday, signifying high fire danger.

The fire started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest but the cause hasn't been determined.

Fire officials expect smoke will be heavy and low in the Animas Valley, and visibility will be restricted Monday morning.

A release from the La Plata County government last week said: "Wind and weather conditions on Saturday helped to limit the physical growth of the fire, with 3-5 miles per hour winds and gusts up to 10 miles per hour".

Officials also said U.S. Highway 550 will be closed indefinitely due to evacuations.


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